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LOS ALTOS, Calif. – The Terraces at Los Altos recently named Andrea Margulies program manager for the senior living community’s memory support residences, The Grove. Margulies brings a unique perspective through her experience working with older adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by using expressive art therapy. With the help of Margulies’ direction, The Terraces at Los Altos offers music, art and pet therapy, and has partnered with a number of local organizations to offer progressive programs for residents with memory loss.
“In my experience, individuals respond to all different types of therapies, so it’s important to provide a variety to meet the needs of each resident,” said Margulies, who holds a master’s degree in expressive therapies. “The Terraces at Los Altos already has a number of unique programs and services in place for skilled nursing and memory support, and I’m looking forward to improving upon them to best fit the needs of our residents.”
Prior to joining The Terraces, Margulies served as the administrator-in-training at a nursing home. She also previously worked as director of kaleidoscope, an enrichment program using expressive art therapies, where she incorporated music, dance, visual arts and poetry to offer therapy tailored to the needs of each individual.
The Terraces at Los Altos is centered around The Best Friends™ Approach, an innovative program that focuses on building relationships with residents based on individual life stories and experiences, and provides a therapeutic environment, creative activities, and well-trained professionals who help residents feel safe, secure and valued. Music, art and pet therapy have been found to enhance the relationships between caregivers and residents, as well as the overall happiness of each resident.
“We continue to be leaders in the field of senior living, not only in Los Altos, but throughout California, and strive to provide the most forward-thinking programs, services and amenities for our residents and their families,” said Rae Holt, executive director at The Terraces at Los Altos.
The Terraces at Los Altos was also recently awarded the Architectural Design & Enhancement award by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, for its unique exterior, that use similar designs as homes in the Los Altos area. The interior of the new residences are the first of their kind in California, to offer “neighborhood-style” suites that surround common spaces, including a kitchen, and open living and dining room. This design will increase social interaction for residents in skilled nursing and memory support residences. Construction was completed in April 2014, and includes 30 skilled nursing suites and 16 private memory suites.
Learn more about The Terraces at Los Altos: TheTerracesAtLosAltos.com.